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This years Cannes Yacht show attendance reached in excess of 51,000 visitors, up 2% on last year.
A good result as there were initial fears that visitors may have stayed away due to the recent terrorist attacks across France and on Cannes's neighboring city, Nice, in July.
The 6 day event was opened by France's celebrity sailor, Franck Cammas, Skipper of Groupama, France's team in the 35th America's Cup and also by Dean Barker, New Zealand skipper and Exec Director of SoftBank, Team Japan. New additions to the show included La Terrasse zone, a new area for high-ticket products and services.
The show this year had some 497 exhibitors and 580 yachts on display. Powerboats were of course prevalent, being the Côte d'Azur, at around 65% of the craft on show or 368 units. Sail boats were however still a strong showing at 81 on display plus 27 sail catamarans.
Sunseeker International were amongst the first to announce strong retail sales at the Cannes show, with retail orders taken in excess of £25m (ex. tax) with a further £15m expected to be completed post show. The UK boatbuilder had moved into profit for the second quarter of 2016 and has forecast an overall return to profit for the full year.
The builder also announced at the Cannes Yachting Festival that it will invest £50 million into producing new models, improved shipyard facilities and recruitment over the next 5 years. Sunseeker models on show at Cannes included the new Manhattan 52 and the flagship 116 Yacht. The company plans to introduce new models across the size range over the next 5 years to include the Manhattan range.
Groupe Beneteau also outlined its growth plans at the Cannes Yachting Festival where the company displayed 72 models which included 18 new models.The French group announced that it is investing The French group announced that it is investing £76m to expand it's range. On the water, making it’s very first appearance, was the flagship Lagoon 77' Superyacht. Lagoon, the world leader in sailing catamaran cruisers, has a full order/production book for the 77’ for the next 2 years.
This year's Cannes boat show seems to have produced good sales volumes for most, perhaps a record show. It certainly made records for the searing temperatures throughout the show, hitting mid forty degrees!
Next up, the Monaco Yacht Show, where many will be also expecting strong retail sales. The Monaco Yacht Show opens Wednesday the 28th September and runs until Saturday the 1st October at the famous Port Hercules, at Monaco. On display will be over 125 Superyachts and 40 luxury tenders. See www.monacoyachtshow.com for all the show details.
H2eau Sports hopes to welcome you to the Monaco Yacht Show on the Fendequip Mooring Products stand QS86 in the Darse Sud tent, une tente climatisée !